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Members of Raleigh church facing deportation after stop

Posted June 16, 2011
Updated June 17, 2011

— Two dozen members of a Raleigh church are facing deportation after a Louisiana traffic stop, and their defenders say they're being treated unjustly.

Members of the Buen Pastor church were pulled over in Louisiana in April 2010 by Customs and Border Protection agents. Twenty-four of them are suspected illegal immigrants. Their case is before the Charlotte Immigration Court.

Supporters of the immigrants plan to hold a press conference, then a prayer vigil Thursday evening at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh.

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is fighting the deportation. The group says that the church van was pulled over illegally on its way back from a religious ceremony in Texas and that agents mocked and harassed the adults. The coalition plans to file a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security's Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.


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  • fayncmike Jun 16, 2011

    "think it's almost funny, in a sad way, that the Southern Coalition for Social Justice claims the van was pulled over "illegally." So, what about the people on the van who are here illegally. If we are going to enforce the law, then enforce them all, not just the one where they were ALLEDGEDLY pulled over illegally."

    If the van was pulled over illegally than the arrests are what is knows as, "The Fruit of a Poisoned Tree," and the people should be released.

  • PanthersFan45 Jun 16, 2011

    "I'm as opposed to allowing undocumented aliens to remain in country as the next guy, but let's not allow our passion to lump all of 'THEM' into one taco-chomping category." - genralwayne

    First you take a statment I made in response to someone elses and cut a small fraction of it out and try to turn it into a racist comment (which it was not) then use a stereotype ? - I need not say more, I KNOW WHO the real racist is here !!

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jun 16, 2011

    My only complaint is that this doesn't happen often enough.

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Jun 16, 2011

    "Pulled over illegally"...Wouldn't 24 people in a van be probable cause to pull it over?
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  • jdawgdenise01 Jun 16, 2011

    "Pulled over illegally"...Wouldn't 24 people in a van be probable cause to pull it over?

  • reel4fun Jun 16, 2011

    Hate it, but if you come here the wrong way we will send you back the right way. It is time for the US to step up efforts to expell illegal aliens no matter where thry come from.....where is the Dept. of Homeland Security.......doesn't this fall under their jusisdiction? Most come here just so they can have their childern born here to be US citizens. But that is somehting that should stop. If you are an illegal just because you come here and have a child that child should not be a US citizen. I am sure that all of the dems are going to respond to this badly but again hate it for you......when are you going to stand up for this country and do and say what it right?

  • davidbh61255 Jun 16, 2011

    Its good to see SOME of the border agents are working, I just hope its not like the dea where they setup a bust to pacify the public!!

  • Mark Hayes Jun 16, 2011

    The Mexican authorities do nothing to stop these illegals,yet we give them money to aid in the effort to fight drugs,the cartels are the ones who decides who makes it here or not and the government is managed by those cartels,now if we paid them they would be able to control this migration since their forms of justice are far more feared than any other systems,Mexico officials could care less and probably like the fact we take so many off their hands.

  • babedan Jun 16, 2011

    They are illegal, and the Church is supporting the breaking of the laws of the land, What laws of the Church does this church break too? I'd say the government ought to pull their certification as a non-profit and their status as a church.

  • LambeauSouth Jun 16, 2011

    The other day I have to ride to the bank, once their I got out of my truck and noticed a document on the ground, it was someones W2 Latin type last name, had the persons SSN, and everything else, What is the difference between me and a illegal? I turned the document into the bank, an illegal would have used the information for another ID.